“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Global Warming: Some Sunlight

sunWe got a lot of grief for our recent post mocking the latest global warming conspiracy theory (which holds that eating meat is bad for the environment).

It isn’t … but try telling that to the bureaucratic enviro-Nazis desperate to keep the “climate change” ruse going at all costs.  Actually … on second thought … don’t try telling them that.  As we’ve noted previously, you can’t argue with supporters of global warming because all they see – everywhere, in everything – is validation of their theory.

Hot summer?  Global warming.  Cold winter?  Global warming.  Cool summer?  Global warming.  Mild winter?  Yeah … you’re getting it.

Anyway …

EU ‘Backtracks’ On CO2 Targets In UN Accounting Fudge

frameworkEurope’s proposed new climate goals could be weaker than previously announced due to its method of accounting for changes in land use. Last October the bloc agreed to target greenhouse gas cuts of 40% on 1990 levels by 2030, a rise on its 20% goal for 2020. But in a leaked document outlining the European Commission’s plans for curbing carbon pollution, the 40% goal now includes land use, land use change and forestry accounting. This means the growth of existing forests could be used towards EU targets, which analysts say could mean the 40% drops to 35% in reality. --Ed King, Responding to Climate Change 24 February 2015

Given that heads of states agreed to “at least” 40%, including the land use sector would not be in line with the political decision that has already been taken. It would also be seen as ‘backsliding’ from the originally presented 40% target and would set the EU off on a bad start towards agreeing an ambitious international climate treaty in Paris in December 2015. -- Eva Filzmoser, Responding to Climate Change 24 February 2015

Outgoing UN IPCC Chief reveals global warming ‘is my religion and my dharma’

religion12801IPCC Chair Pachauri forced out at UN climate panel after sexual harassment complaint

UN IPCC critic Journalist Donna Laframboise responds: 'Yes, the IPCC – which we’re told to take seriously because it is a scientific body producing scientific reports – has, in fact, been led by an environmentalist on a mission. By someone for whom protecting the planet is a religious calling.'

Monster Hurricanes have Pummeled New England Since the Roman Empire

hurricane sandyKeep in mind that we haven't seen a Cat 3 or higher hurricane make U.S. landfall in nine years, which is the lowest hurricane activity seen since the Civil War. From the ScienceBlog (bold added):

A new study shows that the American Northeastern seaboard has been hit by dozens of “monster” hurricanes over the past 2,000 years, many of them dwarfing recent storms such as Sandy in 2012 that caused $65 billion in damages, says a team of researchers that include a professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Their results could offer clues about global warming and future storm intensity.

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Dr. Wei-Hock Soon’s Peers Fire Back Against Global Warming Witch Hunt

hit pieceEditor’s Note: As reported by Breitbart News, the New York Times over the weekend ran a hit piece on astrophysicist Willie Soon, pressuring his superiors, Charles R. Alcock of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center and W. John Kress of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, to punish him after the publication of a peer-reviewed paper debunking climate models that predict carbon dioxide will lead to catastrophic global warming.

Two of Soon’s peers, Bob Carter and Lord Christopher Monckton, have each written letters to Dr. Alcock and other colleagues of Soon’s, defending his professional integrity against the misleading charges brought by NYT authors Justin Gillis and John Schwartz. We reprint these letters here with the permission of their authors.

The final nail in the coffin of the NYT witchhunt against Dr. Willie Soon?

I was one of the earliest writers to respond to the NYT article by hack NYT journalist Justin Gillis in which astrophysicist Willie Soon was accused of writing for hire. A quite amusing accusation when you realize that Gillis himself was doing exactly that. As always, you just have to look at what Leftists say about conservatives to see what is true of Leftists themselves.

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IPCC Head Rajendra Pachauri steps down following allegations of sexual harassment

pachauriFrom the Daily Mail:

Rajendra Pachauri, industrial engineer-turned head of the UN's climate science panel and one-off sex novel author, is no stranger to accolades -- nor to controversy.

At his peak, the now 74-year-old Indian accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the policy-shaping body he heads, and was showered with national honours and honorary doctorates.

On Tuesday he stood down as head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) following allegations that he sexually harassed a 29-year-old woman researcher from the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Delhi think-tank he heads.

Views on global warming led to weather bureau staff exaggerating strength of Cyclone Marcia, claims scientist

floodingWEATHER bureau staff are so blinded by the view that global warming will produce more intense cyclones that they exaggerated Cyclone Marcia’s size, a scientist says.

Jennifer Marohasy said the bureau had invested hundreds of millions in having researchers investigate the impacts of human-induced global warming and this had coloured its views.

“They want to have more intense cyclones. (As Marcia passed) they ignored the observational data and it’s not good enough,” she said.

Watters' World in Snowy Boston: 'I'm Up to My Rear End in Global Warming'

watersThis week, O'Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters traveled to Boston, where residents this year have been dealing with more than eight feet of snow.

"I'm up to my rear end in 'global warming', and if I see Al Gore, I'd punch him in the mouth," a man told Watters. Gore, the former Tennessee Senator and Vice President, has become the face of global warming/climate change advocacy.

"Climate Change, they're saying, is causing all of this snow," Watters said to a woman. "Yes. The temperature of the ocean water rises, the more humidity there is in the air, so it causes more precipitation," she replied. "So, if the Earth is warming, you get more snow?" Watters asked.  "Yes," she said. "So, if the Earth starts to cool, would we get less snow?" he followed-up, eliciting a long pause.

Rift System Geology Rocks Global Warming Theory

mantleScientists from Lamont-Doherty University and the University of Oxford have published research that links increased activity along earth’s major upper crustal plate boundaries with climate change. Both studies show that there could be a “complex feedback loop among ice ages, sea level changes” and “bursts of volcanic activity.”

This new research also confirms one of the most basic tenets of Plate Climatology theory (PCT) that suggests geologically based events and the climate are inextricably linked and are the most probable explanation for natural climate variations rather than manmade global warming.

It's an Ice Age for Sure

icecubeSome say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire.
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate.
To say that for destruction ice Is also great.
And would suffice.

-- Robert Frost, American poet.

Robert W. Felix borrowed from the poet Robert Frost for the title of his book, “Not by Fire, But by Ice”, first published in 1997 and devoted to the science of magnetic reversals and the Earth’s ice ages. I read it first in 2010 and was absolutely floored because Felix makes a very strong case for a reversal that would lead to a widespread extinction of life at some point in the future. In the near, more predictable future, he said the Earth was heading into a new ice age.

Kerry Issues Climate Warning: 'There is No Planet B'

Using Kepler Telescope transit data of planet “b”, scientists predicted that a second planet “c” about the mass of Saturn orbits the distant star KOI-872.Using Kepler Telescope transit data of planet “b”, scientists predicted that a second planet “c” about the mass of Saturn orbits the distant star KOI-872.Secretary of State John Kerry continued to beat the drum on the dangers of climate change Friday, noting that "there is no Planet B." The secretary made the remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein. He drew a religious connection to the issue of climate change, saying that "when it comes to the fundamental health of Earth, folks, we’d better stick to the Creator’s original plan." 

Kerry said he and Saperstein had worked together on a number of issues in the past thirty years, including climate change:

Together we got behind the CHIPS legislation for children’s health care. We pushed for the proposed Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which unfortunately never passed. We were partners in the struggle to help veterans who had been affected by Agent Orange. And we have been allies in trying to awaken the world to the dangers of climate change – and let me just say that when it comes to the fundamental health of Earth, folks, we’d better stick to the Creator’s original plan, because there is no Planet B. (Applause.)